December 9 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
A south Norfolk pub is toasting success after being crowned Community Pub of the Year for the third time.
The Green Dragon in Wymondham scooped the accolade at South Norfolk Council’s offices yesterday.
The pub was awarded £1,000 to host a community event.
Other finalists included the Waterfront in Diss, the King’s Head in Hethersett, the King’s Head in Brooke and the King’s Head in Woodton. They were presented with a South Norfolk Community Pub of the Year Award plaque.
Green Dragon landlord Justin Harvey said: “This it the third time in four years that we have won the award.
“We are busy a lot of the time. We have had a good summer.
“We would like to thank everyone who voted for us.”
Mr Harvey, who has run the pub for four years, said he planned to use his prize money to hold a music event at Wymondham Abbey to raise money for local charities.
The pub currently holds a range of community events including regular quiz nights and a beer festival.
Minister for pubs Brandon Lewis, who presented the award, said: “I do take every opportunity to highlight all the great things that pubs do. They are the heart of the communities and the fact that they turned up to their local town hall on a Monday morning shows that they are passionate about their communities and they want to get involved.”
He said each pub was worth about £100,000 to its local economy.
“I am so pleased to support pub in the hub because it encourages pubs to get involved with things which bring communities together.
“I want to give my thanks to South Norfolk Council. We should be getting more councils to do this around the country.” Mr Lewis added.
The competition was won by the Fox and Hounds at Great Moulton last year.